There are many more questions than answers surrounding the arrest of a 14 year old Akron boy in connection with last week's double homicide in New Franklin. The first thing that has to be determined is whether or not the boy will be tried as an adult. Prosecutors have asked that the case be moved to Summit County Common Pleas Court. The determination is left to Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Teodosio.
Attorney Mike Kaplan says he trusts Teodosio's abilities, but is willing to predict the outcome.
"He's going to be tried as an adult," said Kaplan.
Kaplan says Teodosio will schedule a hearing when she will hear evidence - both aggravating and mitigating circumstances - to help determine, among other things, if the child could be helped by services in the juvenile system and if the child is considered a danger to the community at-large.
The juvenile version of the justice system was designed to have educational and other opportunities available for inmates so they could be released and still become a part of "normal" society.
"That whole theory doesn't apply in adult court," said Kaplan. "Remember the key here is whether the child is amenable to rehabilitation in the juvenile system. Can we help this kid?"
Kaplan says juveniles are already bumped up to adult court for certain charges if they are 16 and under.